My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Expected publication January 8th, 2019!
After reading and absolutely loving The Wife Between Us earlier this year written by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, I was sooooo excited to read An Anonymous Girl. The Wife Between Us was quite possibly one of the top 3 thrillers I read this year, and I couldn’t wait to see what this author duo had in store for their next book.
Unfortunately, it fell a little bit flat for me. It was just “okay” which is definitely NOT how I felt after reading The Wife Between Us. I was expecting to be absolutely blown away. I wasn’t.
The concept of this book was intriguing. Jess is a struggling makeup artist in New York City. When she stumbles upon a research study about morality and ethics that pays a pretty penny to participants, she is all in. However, things start to get a little strange when Jess meets Dr. Shields, the primary investigator for the study. Dr. Shields is beautiful, elegant, well-spoken, and Jess finds herself completely under her spell. But, everything is not as it seems. What follows is a game of cat and mouse. Who can Jess trust? Who is telling the truth? Who is lying?
Okay, so the first 40% of this book was fabulous. I was roped in immediately. Loved the concept of the research study and couldn’t wait to see what happened. However, right around the halfway point, I found myself having a hard time with the “believability factor.” The story started to get a little bit far-fetched and extravagant. Some of the decisions that the main characters made were outlandish, and I felt like the plot got a little convoluted. I waited painstakingly for a shocking twist or some sort of climax to compliment the slow burn that ensued, but unfortunately it just kind of fizzled out. I didn’t find the ending all that shocking. Definitely didn’t have the same “feels” that I had with The Wife Between Us where my jaw was literally on the floor on multiple occasions.
All of that being said, it was still a good book. It just wasn’t mind blowing. And with the saturation of the mystery/thriller genre, a book really has to have a knock-out plot to stand out. I think this one will unfortunately be a little bit forgettable.
I still have mad love for Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, and will read their books in the future. I wish I could have given this book a better review, but just can’t.
-I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen, and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to review.-